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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Few legitimate news topics are so divisive as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  Left-wing radicals (ie most Democrats) champion this UNCONSTITUTIONAL Executive Order by former President Barack Obama - yes, even Obama himself has openly acknowledged on multiple occasions that his actions were an unconstitutional over-reach of executive authority - while decrying its long-overdue repeal as 'cruel' and 'racially motivated'.  Conservatives, meanwhile, rightly throw the entire mess back in Democrats' faces for having created the entire mess in the first place - a SNAFU which exists only because brainwashed leftists believe that they can arbitrarily decide which laws to enforce and which laws they can freely ignore.

Which, of course, is one of the hallmarks of the actual Fascism which leftists purport to oppose.

So here we are with close to a million younger illegal aliens (read: criminal trespassers) who can rightly be held accountable for not having done the proper thing and leave the United States upon adulthood yet can't justifiably be held accountable for illegally entering the country in the first place.  What's more is that the program name itself - DEFERRED ACTION - never rightly promised anything more than kicking the can down the road.

One phrase my grandfather rather enjoyed beating me over the head with was: "You can squawk about 'How did we get here?' until you're blue in the face, but nothing will change until you ask 'Where do we go from here?'"

An exceedingly deep question, though I feel that the solution is even more exceedingly simple.

The nominal course for obtaining Citizenship in the United States involves:

  • Five (5) years as a Documented Resident Alien in the United States
  • Five (5) years Continuous Residency within the United States
  • Demonstrate Good Moral Character (no crimes, drug use, etc)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English Language and US Civics
  • Oath of Allegiance to the United States' Constitution

Eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requires:

  • Ten (10) years as a Documented Childhood Arrival in the US
  • Ten (10) years Continuous Residency within the United States
  • Demonstrate Good Moral Character (no crimes, drug use, etc)
  • Demonstrate Personal Capability (military service, diploma/GED or current enrollment, etc)

By all rights, most "Dreamers" have completely satisfied the first three requirements and are most probably capable of the fourth - this leaves only their actually offering their formal Oath of Allegiance to the United States' Constitution.

Considering that President Trump included a six month moratorium as part of repealing DACA, there really isn't much of anything which need be done.  Spend this time creating additional (temporary) field offices to schedule testing in English & Civics and subsequent Oath of Allegiance ceremonies.

Anyone who is currently in DACA but doesn't qualify for Naturalization due to Residency (ie left the country, hasn't been in the US long enough, etc) should be folded into the usual Permanent Resident Program until their five (5) year Residency requirement is satisfied - at which point, they take their English and Civics tests as normal, followed by the Oath of Allegiance.

Those currently in DACA but fail to qualify for Naturalization due to any other reason have six months to remedy the situation.  Any who are not at least scheduled for their testing and/or oath by the end of this six month period lose their Permanent Resident status and become eligible for deportation.

Not a perfect solution, obviously, but no proper solution ever is.  Within the guidelines of the US Constitution and Federal Immigration Law, this is the best outcome available in an effort to fulfill one of the unlawful promises made through abusive overreach of Executive Authority by former President Barack Obama.